I'm a Neutrino: Tiny Particles in a Big Universe

Illustrator: Ilze Lemesis

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: MIT Kids Press

Meet the Universe Series

Age 7+

Science & Technology: General Interest Picture Books

An accessible and visually arresting picture book about the smallest known and most mysterious particle of matter, for the youngest scientific minds.

Before you finish reading this sentence, trillions upon trillions of neutrinos will have passed through your body. Not sure what a neutrino is? This dazzling picture book from a renowned cosmologist introduces young readers to the smallest bits of matter known to exist. And they exist everywhere! Filled with fascinating, full-bleed illustrations that swirl and splash the cosmos to life, this incredible STEM title shows us the wonders of our universe, encouraging children and future Nobel Prize-winners to dream of their own groundbreaking discoveries.


Eve M. Vavagiakis holds a PhD in physics from Cornell University. A space enthusiast since childhood, she now works in experimental cosmology as part of the Atacama Cosmology Telescope, CCAT-prime, CMB-S4, and Simons Observatory collaborations to build instrumentation and study the oldest light in the universe. She also codirects the high energy physics reader’s digest blog ParticleBites. Eve M. Vavagiakis lives in Ithaca, New York.

Ilze Lemesis is an artist and designer with a background in painting, advertising, Wall Street corporate communications and international publishing. She has designed hundreds of higher education titles for major global companies and illustrated several books. She lives in Ithaca, New York.


“A whimsical initiation into the wonders and features of a neutrino particle. . . Ethereal digital illustrations with comical touches portray neutrinos from micro and macro perspectives and conjure up awe-inspiring images of outer space. . . . A poetic, gently humorous introduction to the world of neutrino physics.

Kirkus Reviews

The illustrations depict children and adults of different genders and races; these fun visuals effectively depict the wonder and mysteriousness of this tiny particle. Kids who are curious about science will find this book an accessible and appealing entry point.


The mother-daughter team behind this introduction to the neutrino—the most abundant of nature’s mass-possessing particles—invites budding physicists to help solve the mysteries of this fundamental building block. . . . “Know Your Neutrinos” back matter expands upon each spread with accessible scientific detail. Unabashedly tackling a complex subject, this STEM read is sure to inspire curiosity.

Publishers Weekly

The illustrations are awash with beautiful blues, oranges, and other hues; the illustrator creates whimsical neutrinos that bounce from page to page. . . an ambitious science topic simplified to a level many will be able to handle.

School Library Journal

MIT Kids Press is here to educate kids on neutrinos! Told with fun rhythmic prose and adorable illustrations, little scientists will learn the ins and outs of this elusive element, along with a fun “Know Your Neutrinos” cheat sheet at the end of the book.

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